Carson, Robert Samuel (No. 1062319)

Carson, Robert Samuel (Bertie)

Sergeant

No. 1062319, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Thursday 27 November 1941 (aged 22)

Buried:

Omagh (Dublin Road) Cemetery, Omagh, Co. Tyrone (Section B Grave 444)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Samuel Carson, known as Bertie, was born on 9 January 1919 in the townland of Ergnagh, Castlederg and he was a son of James and Margaret Isabella Carson (nee McKinley) of Holmview, Campsie, Omagh, Co. Tyrone.  James Carson was a creamery manager and he and Margaret McKinley were married on 27 March 1918 in Westbourne Presbyterian Church, Knockbreda, Belfast.  James Carson (aged 30) from Castlederg was a son of Robert Carson, deceased.  Margaret Isabella McKinley (aged 30) from 8 Melrose Avenue, Belfast was a daughter of Samuel McKinley, a farmer.

James and Margaret Isabella Carson (nee McKinley) had at least two children:

Robert Samuel (born 8 January 1919)

Margaret Isabella Joyce (born 7 August 1920)

Robert Samuel Carson was educated at Omagh Academy and, before joining the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, he was a member of staff of Messrs W.W. Cleland Ltd., Printers and Stationers, in Belfast.  For some five years he lived in Bangor with his aunt, Mrs Meara, and his cousin, Mrs H.D. Bailie.  He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor where he was a Sunday School teacher, Boys’ Brigade officer and leader of the Life Boys.

During the Second World War Sergeant Robert Samuel Carson served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and he was 22 when he was killed on Thursday 27 November 1941.  His death was registered in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.  At his funeral in Omagh on Tuesday 2 December, two service aircraft circled overhead and dipped in salute.  It was recorded that he died while engaged in non-operational flying duties.

Sergeant Robert Samuel (Bertie) Carson (No. 1062319) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial and in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT,

I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE,

I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH

2 TIMOTHY 4, 7

There was an In Memoriam notice in the 28 November 1942 edition of the County Down Spectator and it contained the line:

He counted his life not dear unto the end